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At the hands of our current pandemic, we have had umpteen interruptions to filming schedules. It is therefore unsurprising that the majority of Golden Globe winners were from streaming service backgrounds. With ongoing movie delays and stalled production, Netflix managed to dominate the night. 

This year’s wins were also overshadowed by a few controversies which we would be remiss not to mention. As Julie Alexander has highlighted in her run-down at theverge of the evening’s takeaways; Some would be impossible to ignore.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has recently come under fire following an in-depth feature investigation reported on by the Los Angeles Times. It raises many questions about the members’ ethical stance. Being the ‘independent’ voting body that gets to select the esteemed Golden Globe winners year after year some of the treats that it appears they have been privy to are a little suspect. It has come to light that Netflix flew some members for on-set visits to Emily in Paris, putting many up in grand hotels. It had no shortage of nominations at the awards ceremony, so it is no wonder a few eyebrows are raising. In fact, all 87 members have been found to have questionable actions.

Aside from the likely buttering-up going on, the HFPA committee is also facing backlash over the lack of Black members.  As the deadline reported this comes at very poor timing, given that so many prominent Black actors and actresses have been passed over yet again. Leading people to wonder whether the lack of member diversity is to blame. The prominent nominations for Judas and the Black Messiah, I May Destroy You, Da 5 Bloods, and One Night in a Miami highlight some amazing talent which many can’t help but feel has been overlooked completely. Although the HFPA released a statement promising to address their diversity issues the conversations on social media have sparked some debate and it is fair to say points were raised during the lead-up to the big event.

“The point is even with stupid things, inclusivity is important,” Tina Fey said during the opening monologue.

Controversies mounting, the Golden Globe awards went ahead as planned. The winners were announced and graciously accepted their awards but no one took home quite as many awards as the top-dog, streaming platform Netflix. The Crown (Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress), Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Screenplay), I Care A Lot (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Best Actor for the late Chadwick Boseman) and The Queen’s Gambit (Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series) all got their awards throughout the night.

As we said with most studios and networks floundering behind the scenes, it really comes as no surprise. Netflix consistently pushed new releases throughout 2020, in spite of Coronavirus. And fortunately for them their competition suffered and struggled to keep up with the quantity. Netflix is clearly doing something right with enough under their belts to supply during times of crisis and they plan to continue. They recently hinted at releasing one new movie per week for US audiences, on top of their ongoing and up-and-coming TV shows and specials. A big undertaking, but if anyone can do Netflix can.

Netflix of course wasn’t the only streaming giant to bring home the bacon. The Soul by Disney Plus has got two awards, one for Best Animated Picture and another for Best Original Score. On the other hand, Amazon and BBC’s Small Axe saw John Boyega take home Best Supporting Actor for a Performance in a Limited Series. Hulu’s managed to get in on the action with The United States vs Billie Holiday securing a Best Actress win thanks to Andra Day’s performance.

Such tech giants as Amazon and Apple weren’t left out either. With that being said, Amazon has got its second and third awards of the night with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm for Best Picture, Comedy or Musical. While Sacha Baron Cohen has won Best Actor for his performance in the movie. At the same time, Apple has got a Golden Globe too, thanks to Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis taking Best Actor in a comedy TV series.

Streaming appears to be trumping network broadcasts and will likely continue to do so as it better fits our modern consumer-driven, on-demand lifestyles. But, there were a few great theatrical releases and cable shows that procured a few awards. Schitt’s Creek, kept its winning streak running after its a major 2020 Emmy score with 2 wins. They walked away with Best TV Series Comedy or Musical and Best Actress for Catherine O’Hara. Mark Ruffalo was awarded for his performance in HBO’s I Know This Much Is True.

Talking about movies, Chloe Zhao has got top honors for directing for her work on Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland. The film has won Best Picture and it’s available for watching on Hulu. Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah, and this movie is also streaming on HBO Max. While A24’s Minari won Best Foreign Film. This again was not without controversy. As it was filmed in the USA by an American filmmaker as indiewire pointed out but still managed to get listed as a foreign film somehow.

Here’s the full list of winners bolded in the list below.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Ratched

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Al Pacino, Hunters

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Emma Corrin as a Princess Diana.
Emma Corrin as a Princess Diana. Image credit: townandcountrymag.com

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sarah Paulson, Ratched

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TELEVISION

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Julia Garner, Ozark

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES

John Boyega, Small Axe

Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Emily in Paris

Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

BEST TELEVISION ACTOR, MUSICAL / COMEDY SERIES

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Lily Collins, Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

BEST LIMITED SERIES, ANTHOLOGY SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

The Queen's Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit. Image credit: insider.com

Normal People

The Queen’s Gambit

Small Axe

The Undoing

Unorthodox

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES, ANTHOLOGY SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Brian Cranston, Your Honor

Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES, ANTHOLOGY SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Daisy Edgar Jones, Normal People

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

The Father

Mank

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Bill Murray, On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MOTION PICTURE

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Image credit: indianexpress.com

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Hamilton

Palm Springs

Music

The Prom

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden, The Prom

Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson, Music

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

BEST MOTION PICTURE, ANIMATED

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Soul

Over the Moon

Wolfwalkers

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, MOTION PICTURE

Alexandre Desplat, Midnight Sky

Ludwig Göransson, Tenet

James Newton, News of the World

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul

BEST SCREENPLAY, MOTION PICTURE

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher, Mank

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of Chicago 7

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST ORIGINAL SONG, MOTION PICTURE

“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

“Io Sì (Seen),” The Life Ahead

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

BEST PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Another Round (Denmark)

La Llorona (Guatemala/France)

The Life Ahead (Italy)

Minari (USA)

Two of Us (France/USA)

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